World Religion Discussion Held

As the world around us seems to further divide based on our differences, scholars from major world religions came together at the Religious Founders Day Interfaith Workshop to present and lead discussions about welcoming neighbors regardless of religion, race or social standing.

For a third consecutive year Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community joined together to draw their communities closer and learn to appreciate the good found in those who are different.

A panel of distinguished guests offered informed presentations regarding the faith traditions of the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions and their ancient connections to the expression “love thy neighbor”. Each took questions from the audience.

The Panel

Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows – Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am of Buffalo Grove, a member of the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Clergy Council and a former adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Reverend Dianne Shields – Director of Pastoral Care at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights and a Board member of the interfaith Children of Abraham Coalition.

Imam Zafar Sarwar – Midwest Regional Missionary of AMC USA. He completed his missionary training in Rabwah, Pakistan in 1975.  He served 3 years in Nigeria and has served in multiple posts across the US since 1984.

Professor Kulwant Singh Hundal – Sikh Religious Society of Palatine

Jim Dippold the Director of Campus Ministry said, “It’s important that our students and the members of our community know that our Catholic values call us to build bridges that unite people working together for the common good.”

Conversations continued as guests sat down to a buffet dinner served compliments of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Zion.  Junayd Latif, Director of Outreach for the Community said, “My hope is that through events like this,  a more balanced picture of how similar we all are will emerge. We welcome everyone to come and see us. We, like all the faiths represented here tonight, treat our community like our family.”